***UPDATED WITH PHOTOS*** OK, my photos are not the best. There were tons of people on the barricades, and it was hard to get photos. Profiles are pretty much all you can get until Adam is right in front of you, and then you’ve got your hands full trying to get an autograph…and stare into those eyes at the same time! Looks like Adam got a haircut after Milwaukee. The “tousled” spikes are gone. *Sniff sniff* Check out the beautiful eyes. Sorry that one is blurry!
Mary D. and I decided at the very last minute to drive down to the Chicago show. It was too close not to – just an hour and a half drive. So after work yesterday I changed clothes, drove to Mary’s house, and in spite of heavy construction and rush hour traffic, we made it to the ugly old Allstate Arena in time for the concert. Mary had purchased the tickets off ebay just a few hours beforehand – Sec. 202, first row, which weren’t as bad as we feared. We were high up, but could see the whole stage unobstructed, as well as the whole crowd. It was a much different perspective from our previous floor seats, and one we were happy to experience.
Danny and Matt got fantastic support from the crowd, but I’m happy to say this was Adamland, and the ear-piercing screams for our boy were definitely the loudest and most sustained of the night. He was fantastic – the same emo hair as in Milwaukee, but with a touch more eye makeup – a thin blue line of glitter that paralleled his normal eyeliner. He gave us the gift of “woman” again, and the sound system took pity on us and gave us a wonderful (but still not perfect) Starlight. Mary and I clutched each other like lost souls in a lifeboat who’d just been rescued – we were of one mind and one heart in our joy and rapture!
We left after Kris sangHeartless to run, literally run, through the arena to try to find the signing barricades. Security mis-directed us a few times, but we made it to the back side of the arena, and found a good spot right on the barricades about halfway down. No rain this time, just a beautiful clear night with a moon that was almost full. We waited next to a beautiful 13-year-old girl who was a total Adam fan. Finally, the Idols started coming out, with the girls first. I didn’t bother with photos, but got autographs – very brief initials, as this barricade line was about 3 times longer than the one in Milwaukee, and the Idols had to zip. The guys started coming out, but we wanted Adam. Where was he? Those around us started mumbling their doubts, and chants started for Adam. Mary and I tried to remain calm and positive. Finally, the last one to come out, he appeared! He looked stunningly beautiful with the touch of blue glitter accenting his eyes, and a crystal “LOVE” pendant around his neck. He finally got to me and Mary, signed for us, and then was called to the bus. If we literally had been another 3 feet down the line, we would have missed him. Our fabulous luck had continued!
No touches or shared words, though. But I was happy to get his autograph and have him stand in the moonlight in front of me for two seconds. I was having trouble with my camera, so I don’t think I got a decent photo, but it was all good.
We had wild thoughts of following the buses to Madison, but they got too much of a head start on us. Still, all in all, it was a pretty damn fine evening for something planned by the seat of our pants.
The adventure continues tomorrow in Madison with Mary D., Sandra and Jill!!!
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5